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How Often Should Blinds be Cleaned?

How Often Should Blinds be Cleaned?

Plus Some Tips on How to Effectively Clean Them

It’s inevitable that dust will build up on all your household surfaces. While there are plenty of chores that you would never dream of putting off, there are others that you may be wondering if you are doing them too frequently, infrequently, or inefficiently. You’ve landed on this article probably because blinds fall into one of those ambiguous categories. How often do you need to clean your blinds? 

How Often

How often do you need to clean your blinds? You should be cleaning your blinds once a month because they are great at collecting dust, dirt, grease and pet hair. Not only can this buildup of gunk look unsightly, but it could also contribute to a flare of inside allergies. Don’t worry, cleaning your blinds isn’t a time-consuming chore. In fact, all you need are a few simple tools and a couple of minutes.

A Simple Clean

If your blinds aren’t very dirty, a simple dusting is all they will need. Use a soft dusting cloth or microfiber cloth to wipe down your metal, plastic and wooden blinds while in the closed position. You can also use a vacuum attachment to collect dust on your blinds and shades. Take extra care when vacuuming woven wood (bamboo) blinds. Hold the vacuum attachment one inch away from the material. Otherwise, you may damage the material. Also, do not use paper towels or cloths on your woven blinds as the fibers will get caught in the weave.

Don’t forget to flip the blinds and repeat the process on the other side. Also, use your vacuum attachment to collect dirt from around your window sill and screen. Now is a good time to wash or vacuum dust from your curtains or valances while you are at it.

A Deeper Clean

If your blinds are in the kitchen and have a layer of grease on them or your blinds have collected years of neglect, a little extra work is required. Start with the simple clean and dust away or vacuum up loose particles. Next, you will want to use a damp cloth to remove the stuck-on grime. Remember, damp is good, wet is bad, especially with wood. 

  • Aluminum, Plastic and Faux Wood Blinds: Depending on how powerful of a clean you’ll need, you can use a few different solutions for cleaning blinds made of these materials. You can use warm soapy water or a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. Take a damp cloth and wipe down both sides of the blinds. Then, repeat with a clean cloth dampened with just warm water to remove any cleaning solution residue and wipe with a dry, lint free cloth. 
  • Wood Blinds: It’s unlikely that you have wood blinds in your kitchen building up grease so these may just have months or years of dust accumulation. Use a damp cloth to wipe down both sides of your blinds then wipe with a dry cloth to remove any excess moisture. Again, remember damp is good, wet is bad; excess moisture can warp and discolor your wooden blinds. For stain-finished wood blinds, consider using lemon oil or wood preservative to give your blinds extra shine. 

Fabric Shades: For serious cases, a dry cleaner can handle fabric shades but they are just as easy to clean at home. Gently vacuum your shades to remove dust. If you have spotting, mix warm water and a mild detergent and gently blot the fabric. Do not crush or crinkle the fabric. Blot with warm water to remove the cleaning solution and let it air dry. For tougher stains, test patch a household stain fighter in an inconspicuous spot and let it dry for 24 hours. If the fabric doesn’t fade, then it should be safe to use on the stain.

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